Hearing Friday In Photographer’s Lawsuit Against Justin Bieber
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — There is a hearing scheduled Friday in Miami in the lawsuit filed against pop singer Justin Bieber.
Photographer Jeffery Binion filed a civil suit against the Biebs after the singing star turned bad boy allegedly ordered one of his bodyguards to rough him up.
Binion’s attorney said in a previous hearing that he has documented at least 11 similar alleged assaults against photographers over two years involving Bieber and his security personnel.
Bieber’s lawyers said Binion is looking for an unwarranted payoff from a frivolous lawsuit.
Binion claims he was assaulted in June 2013 by bodyguard Hugh Hesney while snapping pictures of the star singer outside the Hit Factory recording studio in North Miami Beach.
Binion’s lawsuit claims Bieber “Directed [Hugo] Hesny and three other bodyguards to confront [Binion] and to forcibly take the memory card from [his] camera.”
Hesny reportedly “Threw [Binion] against a wall, began choking him, and threatened [him] with a gun…”
Binion said he had his camera card taken from him as well.
In a videotaped deposition taken in the case in March in South Florida, Bieber appeared arrogant and defiant.
Bieber’s been in South Florida a lot lately including in January when he got into some legal trouble in Miami Beach.
Now he has a May 5th trial date for charges filed on January 23, 2014 in Miami Beach. He was charged with DUI, resisting arrest and possession of an invalid license.
Miami Beach police arrested Bieber after what they said was an illegal street drag race involving exotic cars. The second driver, Khalil Amir Sharieff, a singer with Def Jam Records, was also arrested.
Police later released hours of video of Bieber inside the police station and photos of Bieber in custody.
Breath tests showed that Bieber’s blood-alcohol content was below the 0.02 level considered intoxicated for underage drivers, but a urine test found the presence of marijuana and the antidepressant Xanax.
Bieber has pleaded not guilty to all charges and his attorney has said there is no plea deal under discussion.